Patron: His Majesty King Charles III
Chorus Master: Gavin Carr
Accompanist: Timothy End
Arts Council England


Beethoven 9, Philharmonia

Beethoven - Symphony No.9 'Choral'
Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen
Royal Festival Hall, London, 27 September 2012

The performance only came fully to life in the vocal sections, thanks to the powerful, lusty singing of the Philharmonia Chorus, superbly trained by Stefan Bevier. Full-blooded and full-toned, the choristers provided the dynamism that had hitherto been lacking.
Graham Rogers,

In the finale, the warm-throated Philharmonia Chorus stood rock-solid.
Geoff Brown, The Times

Gerontius, Hamburg

Elgar - The Dream of Gerontius
Hamburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jeffrey Tate
Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, 16 September 2012

The 120 singers of the Philharmonia Chorus from London in which Tate himself sang as a young man, were capable of arousing goose pimples, not least by way of a magically quiet yet voluminous pianissimo, which one can usually only experience and hear from the very best professional choirs.
Marcus Stäbler, Hamburger Abendblatt

In some of the more restrained moments the Philharmonia Chorus produced the transparency and delicacy of a chamber choir; in the second part, where the really dramatic climaxes of the work are to be found, the chorus came through with a force that pierced bone and marrow.
Die Welt

Mahler 2, Salonen

Mahler - Symphony No.2 'Resurrection"
Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen
The Anvil, Basingstoke, 22 June 2012

The chorus stood at the moment of greatest crisis as if appalled to survey the ensuing desolation before, almost beyond audible range, delivering its first, redemptive "Aufersteh'n"; this 'Resurrection' was a divine revelation.
Peter Reed,

He could rely on ...... both vigorous and subtle singing from the Philharmonia Chorus.
George Hall, The Guardian

Apostles, Cambridge

Elgar - The Apostles
BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Stephen Cleobury
Chapel of KIng's College, Cambridge, 7 April 2012

We heard the best of the acoustic during Elgar's big climaxes, spendidly burnished with choral ecstasy.
Geoff Brown, The Times

War Requiem

Britten - War Requiem
Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Lorin Maazel
Royal Festival Hall, London, 25 March 2012

This controlled approach gave the Philharmonia Chorus ample opportunity to demonstrate their tonal flexibility and virtuosity, and passages such as the sudden transition from the Dies Irae to the long lines of the Lachrymosa, the dynamic articulation of the Offertorium with its machine-gun consonants, were impressively handled It closed with a radiant, impossibly well-tuned major chord from the choir.
Alexandra Coghlan,

The Philharmonia Chorus under Stefan Bevier produced a tremendous sound, the murmuring multitude of 'Pleni sunt coeli' and the astonishing long-held final 'Amen' being especially high points.
Melanie Eskenazi,